America’s First Warriors: Native Americans and Iraq

Item No: 30596

$ 39.95

  • Even though they were not granted citizenship until 1924, Native Americans have served in all of America's wars. In 2006, Clevenger, himself of Osage descent, began a three-year project following Native American soldiers into war in Iraq and back home again. He was embedded with Native American military in Iraq in 2007 and 2009, shooting candid moments of the soldiers at war and conducting interviews in a combat zone. This book is an eloquent tribute to the Native American warriors, men and women, who have served in all of America's wars.

    • Author: Steven Clevenger
    • Hardcover: 124 pages
    • Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press (May 1, 2010)
    • ISBN-10: 0890135649
    • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 11.1 x 10.1 inches
  • For four decades Steven Clevenger has photographed wars around the globe, including Cambodia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Cambodia, Iraq, Northern Ireland, and Lebanon. His photographs have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines including Newsweek and Time.
  • During World War I, 12,000 served and in World War II, 44,000 (out of a total population of 350,000). He wanted to document the warrior tradition, the war experience, and to reveal the cultural acceptance sometimes withheld from American soldiers. In 2006 Clevenger attended a yellow-ribbon welcoming-home ceremony in Rio Rancho, New Mexico for the New Mexico National Guard men and women. While embedded with these and other Native American military in Iraq, he captured stirring moments of grief, apprehension, and the day-to-day life of the war weary Iraqi people. The resulting images and interviews with Pueblo, Apache, Navajo, Osage, and other Native men and women comprise "America's First Warriors." In addition to the photographs taken in Iraq, images of traditional coming home ceremonies such as the War Mothers' Dance, Welcoming Home/Cleansing Ceremony, and other rituals are documented. In attendance were family members and elders including veterans of previous wars, including famed Navajo code talkers of World War II.
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